Online Catalogue | REDS | Shiraz
2013 is one of the best vintages in South Australia for years, probably even better that 2002. It's a wonderful Australian red, ready to drink now and one that will improve in the bottle for more than a decade (that is, if you've more patience than me!) It's rich and full-bodied, with all the classic blackberry / mulberry / violet aromas and flavours typical of Tim Adams' Shiraz and a long, lingering finish.
"I often think of The Aberfeldy as the Clare Valley's Grange. Aside from the fact that it's from a single region and much less than one tenth of the price. It's a flagship wine that's easy enough to enjoy now, or much later. Blackberry, dark cherry, cloves, sage, coconut, dark mint chocolate, spice - it's all go. Full-bodied, lush smooth tannin, silky feel with rich fruit, backed with toasty spiced oak. Smooth powdery tannin carries the fiinish long and while there's a little warmth, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Does that make sense? Well,at least it sounds impressive. As is the wine. 94 points. Drink 2015-2028" Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 20 Oct 2015The 2012 Aberfeldy has vibrant magenta colour with aromatics of cherry, plum, dark berries and chocolate complemented by the oak derived characters of clove, nutmeg and vanilla. The palate is full bodied with dark berry conserve flavours and balanced oak, firm tannin and acidity. The wine has persistent length of sweet fruit and oak, with power, elegance and great finesse.
95 points James Halliday's Wine CompanionGOLD Medal International Wine Challenge 2014The wine has vibrant magenta colour with aromatics of cherry, plum, dark berries and chocolate, complemented by the oak-derived characters of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. The palate is full bodied with dark berry conserve flavours and balanced oak, tannin and acidity. The wine has persistent sweet fruit and oak aftertaste, with power and great finesse, and will reward patient cellaring.
" 94 POINTS (James Hallidays Australian Wine Guide)A great wine from a great vintage: the colour is dark brick red with purple hues. The aromas are of spicy dark berry fruits with just a hint of toasty vanillan oak. The full-flavoured palate is awash with flavours of plums and black fruits, enhanced by silky fine grain tannins; the finish is rich and smooth. It is drinking beautifully now and will cellar well for a decade.
This brilliant Shiraz marries the classic richness of Joe's McMurtrie Rd vineyard in the heart of McLaren Vale with the perfume and mineral texture of the Shiraz growing in the shale stone of Joe's higher altitude Clarendon vineyard, which brings balance and depth to the layered fruit and spice. This is a wine that is both rich and savoury with a long, silky finish - fabulous now or stick it in the cellar for 8+ years.
"95 points. Deep colour; a deliciously savoury, spicy shiraz that stamps its authority and makes its mark from the word go, with the sort of structural integrity more often associated with cabernet than shiraz. The tannins are firm, but ripe and balanced, and entirely in keeping with the overall wine. Will be very long-lived. (James Halliday's Australian Wine CompanionA fabulous single vineyard Shiraz from the Grilli family's Angel Gully vineyard in the McLaren Vale subregion of Clarendon , which produces just one tonne per acre . The Shiraz is hand selected so that only the very best fruit is chosen for this, their flagship Shiraz. A small portion of fruit was air dried (as per the Joseph Moda) to provide an additional degree of complexity. The wine has an intense bouquet of complex dark red fruits with spicy peppery notes. Concentrated, blueberries and cream flavours swarm around the palate - very juicy but elegant and vibrant. The finish silky rich, with great structure, fine tannins and good length. It will cellar well for at least a decade from vintage.Primo Estates vineyard in the McLaren Vale subregion of Clarendon is rocky and steep with predominately shale stone soil. The site rises sharply to 300 metres above sea level. The soil and altitude, combined with an intense viticulture regime results in a small crop of evenly ripened fruit, just one tonne per acre. Angel Gully Shiraz is hand selected from a single block of low yielding vines at the pinnacle of the vineyard. A small portion of fruit was air dried to provide an additional degree of complexity.
95 Points"Matured in French and American oak. Bright, expressive, attractive red wine. Clearly a wine of both value and quality. It tastes of cherry, cola, toast and violet, with malty notes simply adding to the seduction. House style brings tannin and pounds of flavour; this is in keeping with that style, but manages a soft, pretty face. Spot on presentation of flavour." James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion
"Strong red-purple; right in the mainstream of the Rockford Basket Press style, with blackberry, plum and a hint of mocha driving the bouquet, and the smooth, supple palate; you absolutely know the wine is idling along, unused power under the bonnet; perfect balance and structure." James Halliday's Australian Wine CompanionThe 2008 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz is red-purple in colour with a fragrant bouquet which leads into a palate that is elegant and full bodied with fabulous undertones of blackberry, raspberry, liquorice and spice. The finish is rich and smooth, with silky ripe tannins and superbly balanced oak. A very impressive and complete wine that will age very gracefully over the next 15 years or so.
The 2007 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz is red-purple in colour with a fragrant bouquet which leads into a palate that is elegant and full bodied with fabulous undertones of blackberry, raspberry, liquorice and spice. The finish is rich and smooth, with silky ripe tannins and superbly balanced oak. A very impressive and complete wine that will age very gracefully over the next 15 years or so.
Winner Best Shiraz Trophy Daylesford Wine ShowThe 2014 Water Wheel Memsie Shiraz has carried off the trophy for Best Shiraz at the Daylesford Wine Show - a staggering achievement for a £12 wine! The aromas and flavours are a cornucopia of black fruits, ranging through black cherry, plums and blackberries. The wine will age gracefully for up to a decade.
Red-purple in colour. The nose has scents of freshly crushed ripe blackberries, dark plums and liquorice followed by some vanillin oak and pepper. The full bodied palate boasts a juicy rich flavours: fresh blackberries and plums followed by some liquorice, vanillin oak and blackpepper. The finish is rich and full. Cellar through to 2020.
Dense, vibrant colour is a feature of this brooding beauty, along with very ripe, sweet fruit, reminiscent of plum, blackberry and pepper on the nose. The palate is generous, ripe and mouth filling exhibiting berry and cinnamon spice flavours, along with oak-derived mocha overtones and harmonious, soft yet defined tannins.
Luscious cherry and blackberry aromas greet the nose, wrapped with chocolate and vanilla. Underlying spicy, peppery and tobacco notes abound that distinguish Shiraz from this region. A silky, textural palate with layered complexity, fine powder tannins and long berry flavours coated with lingering spicy cherry flavours.
Not sure who the Idiot is, but this Shiraz is dark garnet with a purple hue. This cool climate Shiraz is true to its region and variety. It has a fragrant bouquet with juicy red fruits and blueberry. The palate is succulent yet elegant. It has bountiful fruit and spice finishing with fine savoury tannins.
This wine has an intense bright purple hue and an inkier royal red carpet colour closer to the center of the glass.The aroma is an astonishing and lifted brace of blackberries, spice and even a perfume like touch of blueberries. Pure fruit and spice that is not in any way overwhelmed by winemaking artifact. The wine has a concentration of aromas that come from not over-ripe fruits. The smells change quickly in the glass and are fascinating to follow but the mouth beckons.There is quite a remarkable entry to the palate. A seamless soft but structured shiraz, lots of blackberries again for sure but also a mid-palate dark chocolate spice that whooshes through the mouth that you want to slow it down and check it out. There is some cream and spice from the French Oak and an almost chalk like tannin structure but it's all about the pure fruit. An extraordinary Shiraz from the Barossa that will cellar well - 10, 20, 30+ or more years,
Rich and favoursome, displaying all the hallmarks of good Shiraz: vibrant red fruits, dark plum and spice with underlying soft tannins. Drink now-2018.
3 Trophies 2014 International Wine Challenge including Best Australian Red.Trophy for Best South Australian Shiraz 2014 Winewise Championship "97 points. Vivid crimson: the fragrant array of black cherry, blackberry, spice and cracked pepper aromas feed into the beautifully texturedand proportioned palate, where silky tannins provide perfect support and mouthfeel." James Halliday's Australian Wine companionThis brilliant Shiraz has lovely fresh aromatics of red berries, which is followed on the palate by intense pure fruit notes including aspberry and blueberry. The palate is long and layered, with ample fine tannins, and background notes of clove and black pepper. It will cellar for at least a decade.
The nose has impressive purity of fruit showing lush scents of summer pudding with lifted red fruits, berries and a hit of cinnamon. Black cherries, Damson plums, mulberries and milk chocolate undertones. The palate is generous and mouth filling with sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice.
The Lionheart of Dandelion Vineyard is an old vine Barossa vineyard. These ancient, gnarled vines, many over a hundred years of age, are not only surviving but thriving on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet.Lifted blue fruits, blood plum, ripe blackberries and Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass with spicy pepper, and hints of bramble and dark chocolate. Generous mouth filling sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolaty nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with youthful finish.
Musky lovely lift with a very slight touch of nettle or greengage spice. Very big, densely structured, rich and firm but with a long seam of fruit sweetness through the palate. Definitely built for the long term.